Labour market

Public employees: comparisons between European countries are deceptive 

Tuesday 27 March 2018 | Vincent Grimault
| Alternatives Economiques

“Hypertrophic”, “poorly run”, “bloated”, “too costly”... in all countries, cliches concerning the public service are legion. New indicators allow us to see how the reality is more nuanced.


There’s an urgent need for foreign labour in Croatia 

Friday 18 January 2019 | Francesca Rolandi
| OBC Transeuropa

Fewer births, greater life expectancy, emigration. These are some of the ingredients adding up to local labour shortages - now a major problem in many Eastern European countries.


Go East: home is where joy is  in depth

Wednesday 25 October 2017 | Lidija Pisker
| OBC Transeuropa

More and more professionals from the Western Balkans choose to seek a better life by going east – opting for countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland


The mirage of cheaper labor  in depth

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | Marc Chevallier
| Alternatives Economiques

In their quest for competitiveness many countries are fixated on cutting the cost of labor, in particular by reducing social-insurance contributions. But it that the right solution?


The minimum wage, a bulwark against poverty 

Wednesday 20 March 2019 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

France has more minimum-wage employees than other European countries. But that is not to say that they are poor.


Inequality in France and in Europe

Wednesday 18 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The Inequality Observatory is an independent French institute that compiles a large number of statistics on inequalities. 


Eastern Europe is fast filling huge gap in minimum wages  in depth

Tuesday 06 March 2018 | Sergio Cebrián
| VoxEurop

The debate on the need to establish a minimum salary at an EU level is facing up to the differences member states have on the issue


Robots will never completely replace people 

Wednesday 04 December 2019 | Barbara Erling
Katarzyna Korzeniowska
| BiQdata

By 2030, as many as 20 million manufacturing jobs will be lost to robots, according to a report published by Oxford Economics, a global forecasting company. Some people have already started to fight back – in the footsteps of the 19th-century Luddites – deliberately sabotaging the robots they work with on a daily basis. They are afraid that these robots will take over their jobs.


What about the security of security guards? 

Monday 16 December 2019 | Ana Kuzmanić
Ivana Perić
| H-Alter

Security guards in Croatia suffer from harsh working conditions: extremely long work shifts, poor equipment, minimum salary. They are overburned and cannot have a proper private life, but they have little alternatives. Yet security business is flourishing in Europe, and companies make millions of revenues.


Ten graphs to understand the Greek crisis 

Friday 24 August 2018 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

On August 20th, Greece stepped out from under the supervision of the Troika. Its intervention will go down in history as a model of what not to do when you really want to help a nation recover.